A short trip around the Black Sea

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by rtwdoug, Jul 3, 2012.

  1. SunnyJH

    SunnyJH iADV

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  2. Thermos

    Thermos Been here awhile

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    Great as always!

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  3. olderigetfasteriam

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  4. RogerMason

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    Great pictures Doug, glad ya let us all follow along. when ya got to be back in the states to do the cannonball run..

    Roger
  5. rtwdoug

    rtwdoug prominent underachiever

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    First you have to buy tickets for the ferry, then you get in line for the border control. Since we had bikes, we could slip to the front. Then they let a group into the controlled area. Theres 5 windows, but of course only one is open. Theres a shady area, but we cant sit there & wait, have to stay with the bikes. Finally, they call me up. They were a total pain in the ass. They don’t like my passport. They don’t like my bike document. I sit there while 7 or 8 people came up & looking at my papers. Then some asshole comes up, & starts grilling me about where I have been. Asks if I went to Ingushetia or Chechnya. Then the genius asks how I got into Georgia, as the land borders from turkey are closed. I told him no, theres 4 of them, & they are all open. I have crossed them several times.
    Then he wants to see my pictures from GEO. So I show him. Its just scenery pics mostly. He thinks they still eat people in geo.
    Then he asks me about problems I have had crossing Russian borders. I tell him I have crossed Russia 4 times, this is my first border with problems. I’m sorta fed up with this dick by now. Finally, another guy comes up, tells him to stop fucking with me & let me go. So he did.
    So the ferry across, then the Ukraine customs.
    These assholes have decided to charge bikes 300 rubles (10usd) to pass the border ‘fast’
    There were about 5 of us on bikes. One dumbass paid (which always makes it worse for everyone else) the rest of us didn’t.
    So they made us sit for an hour, then let us go.

    Finally, back on the road. We got to Sudak about dark, & looked for a room. It’s a big tourist area, but we found a homestay to sleep at, price wasn’t too bad, & was a nice house.

    On the ferry
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    The customs building, A for assholes I guess?
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    Crimea is a nice place along the coast
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    Nice guesthouse
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  6. rtwdoug

    rtwdoug prominent underachiever

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    There were 2 guys stopped along the road, so we stopped. Sergey from Sochi had broken the clutch cable on his transalp.
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    No biggie tho, I took a pair of vice grips off my bike, clamped on to the release lever, & showed him how to pull the clutch in with the back of his ankle.
    Worked perfect, & he got to a town fine, & was able to buy a new inner cable at a car parts store & repair it.

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    He even did good in traffic, didn’t stall it at all!

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    We stopped for gas, & my bike wouldn’t start. My key switch had been acting up now & then, but now it was just fubar.
    So I hotwired it. Later in the day I bought a switch from a Russian Zaz car for $3.00. its still working just fine

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  7. Patrick46

    Patrick46 visionary

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    Just curious as to how many miles you've got on the Dirtster now???

    Seems to be doing it's job wonderfully!! :clap :norton


    GodSpeed kids!!
  8. GhostRiderFC

    GhostRiderFC Just a guy who rides

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    I have to thank you for giving me a glimpse of all these places. The list of "where to go" keeps getting longer and longer! Thanks for bringing us along!
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    scmopar Been here awhile

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    I knew you would find some wimmen to gawk at .
  10. rtwdoug

    rtwdoug prominent underachiever

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    You aint seen nothin yet!
    Wait til I get to Odessa!


    Doug
  11. airjammer

    airjammer Montana, SLC, Grand Junction, currently Houston

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  12. smnort

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    Fantastic as Always! Looking forward to running into you in Wellsboro PA! Trying to jump out of work Firday to ride down from Buffalo, should be a great site to see Cannonball riders rolling in.
  13. nanno

    nanno Been here awhile

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    Comparing it to my last few days in Bulgaria... Indeed, it has to get a lot better! :D
  14. overlandr

    overlandr Dystopist

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    Thanks for taking us all along, Doug and Poly!
  15. desmodab

    desmodab Oversized Canuck

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    Hey Doug - thanks for taking us on this ride plus the Cannonball. Love to live vicariously through you!

    One reminder - I think you're safe to update your signature now - I noticed the (I hope!) is still beside Magadan and now you've got more to add.

    Cheers, DD

    p.s. You'd love the looks I get from people when I wear my Dirtster shirt around town in Calgary! They always say "what?" and I tell them your story.
  16. miguelito

    miguelito Been here awhile

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    What a great trip! Thanks for sharing man.
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  17. freefallen

    freefallen down with gravity

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    Great report! Going with you!!
  18. Blader54

    Blader54 Long timer

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    still waiting......

    or did I miss it in another thread?
  19. MikJogg

    MikJogg Weekend Adventurer

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  20. RonInFla

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    Soooooooo...? ?

    Was Odessa on the 2013 tour plan ??